Blue Prism integrates RPA with Google, AWS, IBM, Microsoft

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NEWSBYTE: Blue Prism, the UK-founded prime mover in Robotic Process Automation (RPA), has announced new API integrations with Amazon Web Services (AWS), Google, IBM, and Microsoft.

Via the Blue Prism platform, enterprise users of AWS, Google Cloud, IBM Watson, and Microsoft Cognitive services can now access a variety of AI-powered software robots to automate complex tasks from a single point.

The company says this will allow for operational AI at scale, helping organisations to “unleash the full potential of the digital workforce”.

Blue Prism’s software robots can run on premise or in public clouds. Joint customers now have access to a range of automation tools, including natural language processing, translation, and visual recognition, via RESTful APIs.

The company is currently the only RPA vendor to offer certified reference architectures for AWS, Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud Platform, and IBM Cloud.

Demand for intelligent softbots that can automate back-office work has never been higher. Forrester forecasts that the global RPA market will hit $ 2.9 billion by 2021, as a subset of the $ 48.5 billion enterprise spend on AI.

“RPA has breathed new life into business operations by speeding up processes, increasing access to crucial data and digitising workflows,” said Phil Fersht, CEO and chief analyst at HfS Research. “However, as this capability becomes the norm, further value must be realised by integrating software robots into emerging AI platforms.

“Blue Prism has to take the lead in developing the next phase of intelligent RPA, and this new suite of APIs with the leading AI platforms helps create that capability.”

• Blue Prism also announced today the opening of a new Paris office.

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Cross-platform integration is clearly the future of RPA systems, and Blue Prism’s continued innovation in the new space it opened is a welcome and forward-looking move.

The ability to offer AI at scale is a key competitive differentiator – whether it is via cloud platforms and integration, or all-in data crunching on premise, which will genuinely be at the scale demanded by large enterprises.

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Exclusive: Here’s another look at the Blue Huawei P20 Lite

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A few days ago we gave you a first look of the Blue Huawei P20 Lite in the wild and today we have an even clearer photo to share. We can see the back in full view – the dual sensors on the back – a main 16MP cam and a second 2MP depth-sensing unit – the fingerprint scanner and the lovely liquid-like mirror finish of the panel. Exclusive look at the Huawei P20 Lite We also managed to scavenge a few other leaked photos and a hands-on video of the upcoming Huawei P20 Lite. The images below show the same back and the front with the notch-topped display. A few other leaked…

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Huawei’s P20 roster is due to be officially unveiled on March 27 in Paris, but it’s not like it’s been shrouded in secrecy. The latest in a series of leaks we have today is of the P20 Lite version, in a color scheme we like to call ‘life-altering blue’ (we kinda like blue phones). Huawei P20 Lite The lone live photo only shows the back of the phone, and it matches the look we’re familiar with from previous leaks – first @evleaks showed a Shirley-named prototype, then came TENAA and press renders. The Huawei P20 Lite is said to sport a notched (gasp) 5.84-inch 1080p+ display, and…

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Twitter wants everyone to get a blue verification badge

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Well, eventually.

Have you always wanted a blue Twitter verification badge? You’ll (eventually) be able to get one, according to CEO Jack Dorsey.

In a very casual Periscope livestream on Thursday, Dorsey said that he wants to verify everyone on Twitter, a continuation of the plan Twitter laid out a few years ago when it asked users to apply for verification online.

That program as been suspended since the fall, when Twitter got major backlash for verifying a few white supremacists. But it appears that Dorsey is open to relaunching some version of it once Twitter figures out how it should work.

“The intention is to open verification to everyone,” Dorsey said from a conference room at Twitter’s San Francisco headquarters. “And to do it in a way that is scalable [so] we’re not in the way and people can verify more facts about themselves and we don’t have to be the judge and imply any bias on our part.”

Part of the problem historically for Twitter’s verification policy is that it felt like a blue checkmark served as an endorsement by the company, like we approve of this user. That’s not what a verification is intended for, says David Gasca, one of Twitter’s product directors.

“The main problem is we use it to mean identity, but because of the way it was originally started, where it was only given to certain very large public figures, celebrities, etc., it came to have a lot of status associated with it, as well,” he said on the same Periscope as Dorsey. “They think of it as credibility. Twitter stands behind this person, Twitter believes that this person is someone that — what they’re saying is great and authentic, which is not what at all what we mean by the checkmark.”

So Twitter is trying to figure out how to verify people, but also what verification means. Once it figures it out, you’ll get your blue checkmark.


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Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 and Redmi Note 5 Pro Lake Blue and Rose Gold variants to go on sale in India on March 7

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Xiaomi launched the Redmi Note 5 and Redmi Note 5 Pro smartphones in four color variants in India on 14th February. The smartphone duo went on sale for the first time in India on 22nd February and company claims to have sold over 3 lakh units under 3 minutes followed by a 2nd sale on 28th February, but only Black and Gold variants were available in both sales. Also, only 4 GB RAM variant of Redmi Note 5 Pro was made available in both the sales and company said that 6 GB RAM variant will be available on a later date.  Now, Rose Gold and Lake Blue variants of Redmi Note 5 and Redmi Note 5 Pro are listed Flipkart. Also, in a reply to a comment on Facebook, company has promised some surprise in upcoming sale on 7th March. [HTML1] It seems like Xiaomi will put all four color variants of Redmi Note 5 and Redmi Note 5 Pro on sale starting 7th March. Flipkart has not listed 6 GB RAM variant of Redmi Note 5 Pro yet but Xiaomi might put it on sale very soon.
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Blue Planet II Has Inspired the BBC to Ban All Plastic Containers and Utensils by 2020

When the BBC nature documentary series “Blue Planet II” aired in October 2017, series narrator and naturalist Sir David Attenborough asked that people around the world begin taking plastic pollution more seriously. Plastic is not only affecting animal life, but may even be contaminating our tap water in the form of  tiny particles. If nothing is done, plastic pollution will become even more of an issue than it already is — and it’s huge right now.

It seems the BBC itself has been listening to Attenborough’s pleas: the media company has announced it intends to ban the use of all single-use plastics by 2020. It’s starting the plastic ban with cups and utensils this year, before moving on to plastic containers in 2019. According to the UK news outlet, nearly 2 million plastic cups are used by BBC visitors and staff each year.

“Like millions of people watching Blue Planet II, I was shocked to see the avoidable waste and harm created by single-use plastic,” said Tony Hall, director general of the BBC, in the news article about the plastic ban. “We all need to do our bit to tackle this problem, and I want the BBC to lead the way. Scrapping throwaway plastic cups and cutlery is the first step, and with our plan I hope we can have a BBC free of single-use plastic altogether.”

As of Tuesday, February 13, the BBC reports that some of its kitchens have already transitioned to using glasses in place of plastic cups. Later in the month, a coffee cup recycling scheme will be implemented and tested out.

It’s refreshing to see a company as large as the BBC step up and publicly address the plastic issue, but it’s going to take a lot more to reduce the effects of plastic pollution. Fortunately, UK Prime Minister Theresa May has pledged to end plastic waste in the UK by 2042, and the EU has launched an initiative to ensure all plastic packaging in the country is reusable or recyclable by 2030.

We may be able to achieve even greater success if we’re able to implement other ideas put forward in recent years, such as engineer Toby McCartney’s desire to use recycled plastic to repair roads, or the plastic-eating caterpillars discovered by Federica Bertocchini.

We’re certainly not desperate for solutions to plastic pollution. It’s simply a matter of utilizing them effectively, and making sure those efforts are maintained.

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Xperia XA1 family’s Oreo updates will ditch built-in blue light filter, meaning that zero Sony phones will come with any form of ‘night mode’

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These days, many manufacturers include some sort of blue light filter or “night light” in their phones’ ROMs. Google, Samsung, OnePlus, and some other companies are on the list, and Sony was as well with its “Good night actions” function in Xperia Actions for phones in the XA1 family. However, following the impending Oreo updates, no Sony phone will have a built-in blue light filter.

This news comes by way of Sony Xperia’s official Twitter account.

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Oh, Brother: People Might Not Take This Potential Malaria Drug Just Because it Turns Their Urine Blue

Among the things human beings are desperately attached to, the color of their urine probably was…never one you ever would’ve considered. And yet: Some people are, in fact, so attached to the color of their urine that they’d rather get malaria than see the color of their pee change.

Background: You know mosquitoes, because mosquitoes are awful. Their bites itch, and some of them even come with malaria, an infectious disease that (per the World Health Organization) caused 445,000 deaths in 2016 alone. Which isn’t to say we don’t already have antimalarial drugs—we do. But they famously have some pretty terrible side effects (like everything from incredibly intense nightmares to bouts of psychosis). And people, naturally, don’t want to take those drugs, because of those side effects. And even when people do take them, the drugs might not work, since the parasite that causes malaria is becoming resistant to them.

So! Scientists have been grinding away trying to develop effective treatments that aren’t so potentially problematic for patients. And recently, they’ve maybe found a promising candidate. Earlier this month, we reported that researchers had discovered that methylene blue — a blue dye harmless to people — was surprisingly effective at killing malaria parasites. Patients treated with a combination of the blue dye, along with an existing antimalarial drug called artemisinin, were cured of malaria in just two days.

That’s the good news — the treatment was effective. The bad news? It turned patients’ urine blue.

You might think: Who cares? As it turns out: People. Who might care enough to the point where they don’t actually take the medication, according to Teun Bousema, a microbiologist at Radboud University Medical Center and an author of the recent study. 25 percent of the “mild adverse events” causing reluctance to take the medication were because of the blue urine — so, yeah, people notice it. “Development of blue urine could affect compliance,” the study authors wrote.

Methylene blue’s bold tint has been its biggest hurdle to acceptance since it was first discovered in the 19th Century. A 1892 study on the drug noted that its unappealing, dramatic hue means it’s “it is not very likely that methylene blue will be much used outside of hospitals,” NPR noted.

“Because of the color, it never really took off,” study author Ingrid Chen told NPR. “The knee-jerk reaction is, ‘my body’s full of this chemical,’… It looks worse than it is.”

The blue urine might look unappealing, but it really isn’t that big a deal. It has no effect on health, and according to research published to The Journal of Anesthesiology, Pain Management, Intensive Care & Resuscitation, the blue color only lasts several hours. And in the study, when people were warned of the side effect, they didn’t seem to mind it much, Bousema said (though they seemed to learn to skip the clean tighty-whities that day, since the blue urine does stains clothing, according to The New York Times). 

You’d think that, in comparison, antimalarials currently on the market don’t stand a chance. But, unfortunately, people have long been freaked out by the color of their own pee as an indicator of their health. And, well, that blue color might just be too much for some people to get used to.

Bousema told the New York Times that this side effect is one that “we need to solve.” As Bousema and his team continue to evaluate the treatment, hopefully they’ll figure out a way to counteract the side effect to ensure that everyone who should be taking the drug does so—without having to worry about staining their clothes blue.

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Samsung Galaxy S9+ image leak shows Coral Blue color

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Another Samsung Galaxy S9 color option has leaked.

Images that show the Samsung Galaxy S9+ in Coral Blue have been shared by Evan Blass. The phone features a light blue back, just like the Coral Blue Galaxy S8 that launched last year.

Blass has said that the Galaxy S9 and S9+ will be offered in four colors: Titanium Gray, Lilac Purple, Coral Blue, and Midnight Black. Samsung has a history of launching additional colors for its flagship phones post-launch, though, so don’t be surprised if we see more GS9 and GS9+ color options in the months after they hit stores.

Samsung will officially unveil the Galaxy S9 and S9+ on February 25. It’s rumored that the phones will then launch on March 16.

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